CASTLES OF MONMOUTHSHIRE
Click on the Castle name on the map below (NOTE some browsers don't like imagemaps, so you can also click the castle name below the map) to see a picture of the Castle and read a little about it.
Monmouthshire was always jointly administered by England and Wales, making it a peculiar mixture of Welsh and English. This situation also made it tremendously vulnerable and thus it is packed with Castles, including some of the most interesting such as Chepstow, Raglan, Skenfrith and Grosmont. The whole county was renamed to Gwent in 1974, although it more or less retained its borders.
The west of the county is taken up with part of the industrial Valleys area including the towns of Newport, Ebbw Vale and Cwmbran. Other towns include Caerleon, Chepstow, Monmouth, Abergavenny and Usk. Like the English border counties, Monmouthshire is Castle-hunters paradise and deserves a much closer look than most who pass by on their way to west Wales bother to give it.
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